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F21-210 SSRIs and Sexual Functioning

Total Credits: 3 including 3 Category I CE

200 Adults, Couples & Families |  800 Online
Susan Milstein, PhD, MCHES |  Sabrina Hansen, MSW
Course Levels:
3 Hours 15 Minutes
Target Audience:
Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists



The use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) often results in negative effects on sexual function, which may be expressed as lack of libido or difficulty with sexual performance. These effects may be experienced as added stressors for those already coping with mental illness. This course will examine the impact of selective SSRIs on sexual functioning. There will be a discussion of sexual side effects of these medications, and an in-depth discussion of how social workers can work with clients to help them address these side effects. There will also be discussion of how to help clients learn how to advocate for themselves when working with their prescribing physician.


Susan Milstein, PhD, MCHES Related seminars and products

Dr. Susan Milstein is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and

Kinesiology at Texas A&M University. She is a Master Certified Health Education

Specialist with over 20 years teaching  and training experience. She has presented at national and international conferences on a wide variety of health and sexuality topics

Dr. Milstein is the co-author of the 6th edition of Human sexuality: Making informed decisions and the co-editor of Men’s health: An introduction.

Sabrina Hansen, MSW Related seminars and products

Sabrina is a Master’s Level Social Worker who is passionate about normalizing healthy, educational and supportive conversations around sexual health and intimacy. Sabrina has a particular interest in the area of sexual dysfunction as it pertains to physical and mental illness and has had experience working in both the healthcare as well as mental health space. She has been able to support a wide variety of populations throughout her career such as teens & young adults with mental health concerns, as well as oncology and OBGYN patients. Sabrina is an Ambassador with the American Sexual Health Association and has been a volunteer with the American Cancer Society since 2013.

Bibliography & References



  • Harvard Health Publishing. (n.d.). Dealing with sexual side effects of antidepressants. Harvard Mental Health Letter.
  • Harvard Health Publishing. (n.d.). When an SSRI medication impacts your sex life.
  • Jing, E., & Straw-Wilson, K. (2016). Sexual dysfunction in selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and potential solutions: A narrative literature review. The Mental Health Clinician, 6(4), 191–196.
  • Lorenz, T., Rullo, J., & Faubion, S. (2016). Antidepressant-induced female sexual dysfunction. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 91(9), 1280–1286.
  • Mayo Clinic. (n.d.). Antidepressants: Which cause the fewest sexual side effects?
  • Meyer, D. (2007). Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and their effects on relationship satisfaction. The Family Journal, 15, 392–397.
  • Montejo, A. L., Prieto, N., de Alarcón, R., Casado-Espada, N., de la Iglesia, J., & Montejo, L. (2019). Management strategies for antidepressant-related sexual dysfunction: A clinical approach. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 8(10).
  • O'Mullan, C., Doherty, M., Coates, R., & Tilley, P. M. (2015). ‘Accepting what is’: an approach for managing the long-term sexual side effects of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) in women. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 30(3), 325-337.
  • Schweitzer, I., Maguire, K., & Ng, C. (2009). Sexual side-effects of contemporary antidepressants. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 43(9), 795-808.

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Agenda & Learning Objectives


01:15 Registration
01:15 - 02:30 



  • Introduction of SSRIs: reasons for prescribing; frequency of prescribing
  • Identify possible side effects of SSRIs
  • Discussion of limitations of prescribing physicians; comfort levels discussing sexuality related topics
02:30 - 02:45   Break
02:45 - 04:30

Lecture (Continued)


  • Identification of how social workers can address issues surrounding SSRIs and sexual functioning; importance of sexual history taking
  • Exploration of solutions, both pharmaceutical and behavioral
  • Summary
04:30 Questions & Adjournment



Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify three possible sexual side effects of regularly prescribed mental health medications
  • Explain the importance of including sexual history questions during biopsychosocial assessment
  • Describe two possible solutions for addressing clients’ sexual side effects from medications

Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $65 and includes CE credit. Registering after November 17, 2021 will incur an additional $20 late fee. *Cancellations must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the live interactive webinar to receive a refund or a credit letter.


*All cancellations will be subjected to a $35.00 administration fee

Course Completion & CE Information


Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for {3} Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.


ASWB Approved

Course completion requirements: To earn CE credit, social workers must log in at the scheduled time, attend the entire course, and complete the online course evaluation located in your account. After the online course evaluation is completed, you are then able to download your certificate. Partial Credit will not be given for participants who arrive late or leave early.


Unversity of Maryland School of Social Work, Office of Continuing Professional Education, provider #1611, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. UMSSW Office of CPE maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 02/11/2021 to 02/11/2024. Social workers participating in this course receive {3} continuing education credits.


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Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

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